I took the rest of the week off from work for a much needed break. Since the holidays, I have been working full tilt on some really exciting projects…which of course lead me to completely destroying my wrist. The work thankfully shows the sacrifice I put into it, but dear sweet mother of god it hurts to even pick up a coffee mug. But of course being who I am I didn’t exactly start my break off well and ended up spending all day drawing…well, Batman.
I like Batman. I mean I really really really like Batman. In fact, I like Batman more than most things in this world. Hell-bent on vengeance after the death of his parents? Hard boiled detective? Elements of film noir and art deco? Bizarre science? Babes? Running around on rooftops? A long list of enemies mainly stocked with lunatics, mobsters, and people trained in long forgotten martial arts? It’s like Batman was MADE for me to be obsessed with.
But modern applications of The Bat? Their is a lot left to be desired. Sure, the Arkham games are fun….but they are not Batman. It feels more like you are playing as an ex-college football player with the detective skills akin to your pet dog. And jesus, don’t even get me started on the Nolan movies. He might as well have cast a grumpy Tom Cruise and shoved him into riot gear. No, these aren’t MY Batman. They lack basically everything I love about Batman! My little nerdy heart has been sinking for well over a decade from this. I’ll stick with Batman: The Animated Series and Miller’s “Year One” thank you very much. (Though, Paul Pope’s “Batman: Year 100” is pretty fucking amazing).
And also as a side note: I have made this illustration available as a print through my Thumbtack Press shop.